NYC - LES: Kossar's Bialys
On the far eastern edge of Grand Street (#367) lies Kossar's Bialystoker Kuchen Bakery--or Kossar's as it's commonly known--a legendary operation that dates back to 1927. Kossar's is strictly a to-go operation, but don't be surprised if you wind up lingering to watch the flour-covered bakers go about the endless work of shuttling giant wooden trays of dough in and out of the oven.
The bialys at Kossar's are nothing short of a baking marvel. The warm bialy experience is one of those quintessential culinary experiences that every New Yorker should enjoy at least once. The first taste sensations are textural--of lightness, softness and an airy center--and eventually give way to a stronger current of dark and charry taste. Impossibly sweet bits of onion sprinkled on top linger to the finish.